There are several reasons as to why parents choose to home-school their children. Some of these reasons could include the desire to make a social statement, the desire, and ability, to spend more time with their children, or the inability to keep paying for the costs of out-of-home education. Regardless of the motivation behind it, fact remains that homeschooling is an increasingly popular practice. Here are some tips on how you can make the practice work for you:

1. Prepare yourself and your child for the homeschooling experience – at this stage, you should spend a lot of time thinking about homeschooling – what will it imply, how will it impact your life, what you will need to change in order to make it work. Also, you should spend a lot of time with your child to communicate to him how the homeschooling situation was brought about, how it will impact him, and generally get him on board. It is also important to notify the family and friends, so that they know not to drop in unannounced during school hours.

2. Make it official – at this stage is imperative that you gather all the necessary information on what needs to be done. The actual steps to be made depend on the specific legislation in your state; so talk to the local authorities and commence to make your homeschooling legal.

3. Get the curriculum and personalize it to best meet your and your child’s needs. Allow yourself constructive diversions, but always make sure that the child knows the basics of the required curriculum.

4. Maintain connections with teachers or other parents who home-school their children. Pick their brains to find out input and opinions or to share thoughts. Also, make sure that your child remains sociable and able to interact. Allocate special time to be spent in the company of peers so that he does not feel the pressures of solitude learning.

5. Be consistent in your teaching responsibilities. Establish a clear schedule and respect it. Also, be consistent in your teaching methods once you have identified which ones work best for you and your child. Additionally, make sure that your child gets enough practice. Organize field trips with other home-schooled children or allocate afternoons to take your child to the zoo, to a museum and so on.

6. Asses you and your child’s progress and learn from the mistakes.